How astronomers will find another Earth

Finding an earthlike planet, the first step toward life in the universe, is closer than you might think.

Web extra: Going beyond earthlike planets

Fascinating as it would be to discover an exoplanet similar to our world, there’s a lot more to learn about when it comes to extrasolar planets.

Illustrated: Inside our home supercluster

Our Local Group of galaxies is but one small cog in the vast wheel of the Virgo supercluster.

Explore the pulsar menagerie

Astronomers are discovering many strange properties of compact stellar objects called pulsars. Here’s how they fit together.

Web extra: More about magnetars

The world of neutron stars wouldn’t be complete with its “bad boys.”

10 top autumn binocular treats

All you need to enjoy these seasonal targets is a dark sky and good binoculars.

Web extra: More autumn binocular treats

Each picture is worth a thousand words.

How to pick a camera for astroimaging

Sky-shooting has never been easier. Stunning results may be just a click away with off-the-shelf digital SLRs.

All about the Double Cluster

Two brilliant open clusters in Perseus hold dozens of stars younger than the Sun.

Astroimager’s delight: Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II

Easy of use, tons of features, and a whopping 21 megapixels of resolution are all reasons to look at this camera.

Web extra: More Canon DSLR reviews

Astronomy has kept up with the digital revolution.


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